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Re: new personal stamps
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Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 4:43pm
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I have been using the same pink eraser stamp for 17 years (though I don't find many boxes so it hasn't been used all that much). As long as it holds up, I'll keep using it for the same reason you stated: I'm attached to it.

I did carve a fancier one years ago and I think I used it on a couple of postal letterboxes, but it didn't feel authentic. I don't even know where it is now.

You could always carve another stamp and try it out. Maybe it will feel more "you" than the old one. If not, just go back to your original. :)
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Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 5:15pm
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Do you guys ever re-cut yours? I made mine three years ago, the very first stamp I ever did, out of a pink eraser using an old blunt x-acto knife. I've gotten a LOT better at linocuts and I like the artform a lot! (Thanks letterboxing!) But I still feel kinda attached to my first one ever.

My first two carves were on pink erasers; I wanted to try out carving before I committed to using other material. I used an X-acto knife, but not a blunt one. My first carve was for a geocaching letterbox hybrid, which is too far from any landmarks (except sagebrush) to list here; it must be found using a GPSr.

My second carve was my (first) signature stamp. However, I used it enough that it had lost too much detail. I still have it though. I keep it with the other carves of my signature stamps. They are all the same image because I started with an idea I like and I haven't come up with anything I like better.

My second signature stamp carve I messed up too many of the details on the lettering. I flipped it over and carved on the other side because the outline has mirror symmetry. It is much better, and I carved it before my original stamp gave out. I used it for a while, but decided that I could carve better.

My third signature stamp carve is my best. Besides getting the lettering better, I also added my home town at the bottom of my stamp. It was good enough for me to mount it on a wooden block, so that it is easier to stamp.
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Reply to: #976382 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jun 15, 2019 5:19pm
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I didn’t carve my sig stamp myself but after reading this thread I’m inspired to make a mini sig to carry along.
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Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 5:41pm
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I used a store-bought stamp for about a year, then carved my own. A few years later, when my carving skills had improved, I made a new 2 part stamp. I still use it sometimes, but it got to be too putzy to have to ink up 2 stamps in 2 different colors every time I stamped in. So, I carved stamp #3, which is the one I use most of the time, now. It has an updated image that includes my trail name.
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Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 9:44pm
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How about carving a new stamp. Then see how you like using it. If it’s OK, make your original stamp a personal traveler. It would still be very personal and very special.
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Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 16, 2019 2:03am
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Re: new personal stamps
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Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 16, 2019 2:13pm
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I've had several--big ones, tiny ones. Several different tops.
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Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 16, 2019 4:06pm
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I have a few different sig stamps, including an old one that I keep in my car for boxing emergencies. You'll see my regular one soon when we do an exchange! 😊
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Reply to: #976404 by Rocklun
Jun 16, 2019 4:13pm
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“Boxing emergencies”

I love that.
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Reply to: #976405 by Dawnkey
Jun 16, 2019 4:34pm
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I laughed out loud over “boxing emergencies”. So after reading all this I made myself a little emergency sig stamp. Funny thing, it’s looks like Rocklun.
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Reply to: #976406 by BinoBoxer
Jun 16, 2019 4:41pm
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I laughed out loud over “boxing emergencies”. So after reading all this I made myself a little emergency sig stamp. Funny thing, it’s looks like Rocklun.

Uh-oh! Now I'm scared...
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Reply to: #976405 by Dawnkey
Jun 16, 2019 4:42pm
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“Boxing emergencies”

I love that.

My husband sort of rolls his eyes at that, along with "birding emergencies," but hey, we all know that it's a thing, don't we??
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Reply to: #976408 by Rocklun
Jun 16, 2019 5:06pm
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Wait, are you a birder? My husband is a birder. But I’ve never heard him talk about birding emergencies.
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Reply to: #976409 by Dawnkey
Jun 16, 2019 5:10pm
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Wait, are you a birder? My husband is a birder. But I’ve never heard him talk about birding emergencies.

Yep, I'm a birder! And so is BinoBoxer! But how can your hubby be a birder if he doesn't have birding emergencies??!!

I define a "birding emergency" as a situation where a birder friend texts you to say that Bird X is being seen near you, and you have to rush out right away to see it! This happens to me at least half a dozen times a year!!
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Reply to: #976410 by Rocklun
Jun 16, 2019 5:14pm
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It is not uncommon for my husband to find a simple note on the counter saying “bird emergency” because there isn’t enough time to explain. He doesn’t know if I’ll be gone 2 hours or three days. I keep a bag packed, truly.
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Reply to: #976410 by Rocklun
Jun 16, 2019 6:15pm
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But how can your hubby be a birder if he doesn't have birding emergencies??!!

Well, maybe he does, but he doesn't call them that. Of course he keeps a spare pair of binos in his car, and he's very attuned to eBird. It's more like "I'm headed out to Clark Lake because a juvenile ruby-sided, yellow-rump, chestnut-throated two-toed vireo was just sighted, and the typical northern extent of their range is central Georgia. Bye."
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Reply to: #976414 by Dawnkey
Jun 17, 2019 2:21am
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Well, maybe he does, but he doesn't call them that.

TomAYtoes, tomAHtoes. 🙂
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Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 17, 2019 12:58pm
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I have changed mine, but I do have a suggestion...

The signature stamp for my old trail name was too large for some logbooks, so I carved a mini stamp to use. You could carve a new stamp to use and keep that one for the small logbooks you come across.